As envisioned under the agreement, UC Davis faculty and students will gain access to the capabilities and expertise of one of the world's premier genomics and bioinformatics institutes, while BGI researchers will be able to access the university's diverse resources and expertise in education and research, especially in biology, human and veterinary medicine, agriculture, and the environment.
Hailing the new partnership, BGI's Jun Wang stated, "UC Davis is among the top research universities in the U.S., especially in the areas of agricultural, environmental and biological research, and we look forward to a highly productive relationship between our two institutions.
"Given BGI's expertise in genomic sequencing and bioinformatics, we expect our partnership with the university and the establishment of the planned permanent BGI@UC Davis Joint Genome Center to lead to significant scientific breakthroughs for the betterment of mankind and our planet," Wang said.
Lewin, who oversees the university's $684 million annual research enterprise, said the partnership will have far-reaching impacts: "This marks the official start of a scientific partnership between two world-class institutions, and a platform for the potential expansion of our relationship in the future. It will provide exciting new opportunities for both UC Davis researchers and for BGI, and a catalyst for bringing new companies and businesses into the city of Sacramento."
Having access to world-class genomic sequencing and bioinformatics capabilities on campus "will enable UC Davis faculty to attack bigger and more ambitious problems, as well as to compete for bigger grants and projects by expanding cooperation and collaboration teams in agriculture and health," said Bart Weimer, professor of population health and reproduction at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a member of the university's
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